Emergency Management for all the Helicopter Views
Well it is safe to say that many portions of Benton, White, Jasper, Pulaski, Cass, and northern Carroll Counties are seeing the worst flooding since July of 2003 and in some cases the worst flooding in about 100 years. Many folks have been rescued by boat after taking refuge on rooftops with their pets included. Here are a few pictures. Thanks for sending them in and I will post as many as I can. The good news is the worst of the rain is over, but the flooding is not. Areas downstream of Norway and Oakdale Dams are still in a flood emergency and folks that were evacuated will not be allowed to return to their homes until late tomorrow at the earliest according to Gordy Cochran of White County Emergency Management. Patience will be important. You can easily get electrocuted by going back in your home if it is full of water so be safe and do not return to your homes until you are told to do so. Also, heed all flooded roads signs and if you do not have to drive tonight in White, Benton, Carroll, Cass, Newton, Jasper, Pulaski, and Fulton Counties you are advised not to do so. It is harder to see washed out roads in the dark and is makes things even more dangerous. Here are some pictures to help you make the right decision.
You can see one of the many boats that rescued folks and tons of pets on rooftops. There were dramatic stories as hundreds were evacuated from their homes. The Norway Dam above really shows the power of the raging water. For the first time ever all 3 gates opened up as Norway dam reached full capacity! Lisa Baker below gives us a glimpse of Bluewater Beach that was almost washed off the map.
Karena Price shows us a view from Wolcott that looked more like a lake than a nice little town. What a welcome nature gave everybody!